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Perfect (Courage the Cowardly Dog)
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"There's no such thing as perfect"
"You're beautiful as you are, Courage".
"To thaw your imperfections, you can do anything!"
Series: Courage the Cowardly Dog
Part of Season: 4
Episode Number: 13b
Air Date: November 22, 2002
Writer: Billy Aronson
Director: John R. Dilworth
Previous episode: Remembrance of Courages Past


Perfect is the second half of the thirteenth and final episode of the fourth and final season of the Cartoon Network series Courage the Cowardly Dog, it was premiered on Cartoon Network on November 22, 2002 alongside the episode Remembrance of Courage Past.

Plot

Eustace gets fed up with Courage's incompetence, and begins looking for a professional to make Courage better.

Why It Rocks

"You're not perfect"

  1. As mentioned before, it was the final episode of an iconic series on Cartoon Network that aired all the way to 1999 (The same year SpongeBob SquarePants and Family Guy started) and a great way to end a show on a high note.
  2. The idea of Courage trying to be perfect with a strict imaginary teacher is pretty decent, especially for a finale of a good show.
  3. The Perfectionist, the main antagonist and Courage's mentor in the episode, is a very scary and intimidating villain as she forces Courage to be perfect and when not done, she then becomes angry, not to mention, her voice actress, Laura Berger, did an amazing job voicing her.
  4. Some funny moments in the episode like the scene where Courage screams after having too much nightmares that caused him to get kicked out of the bed and the scene where The Perfectionist keeps hitting the table with her ruler.
  5. It has an amazing moral where being perfect doesn't help at you being good at everything.
  6. The scene where Courage has nightmares based on the theme of imperfection is pretty scary and nightmarish for a good reason, especially the scene where the "blue bugle monster" appears as the first nightmare.
  7. Courage being told by the fish that there is no such thing as perfect is an amazing scene and the show's most emotional scene ever, given that it's a finale.
  8. The ending is amazing as Courage defeats The Perfectionist by being unable to change the paper into a six with him making it into a cartoon, which causes her to melt into anger, and the fact that Eustace got his wish with Muriel cooking the fish that motivated Courage from earlier
  9. All the characters are tolerable here, even Eustace, who it’s the show's most mean-spirited character, is also nice, and even became less of a grumpy old man in the ending, which is amazing.

Bad Qualities

  1. While amazing, the scene where the "blue creature" tells Courage that "he's not perfect" is pretty creepy even for the show's standards, though it's justified since the dream and the others were meant to be based and a metaphor for imperfection.
    • Not to mention, the third dream is pretty horrifying since it's animated in what a horror movie could be like, due to how creepy the drawings were.
  2. The Imperfectionist, while creepy, is the most unlikeable character in the episode as she treats Courage horribly due to being imperfect, despite the fact that she tutored Di Lung, who is much more imperfect than Courage.

Reception

This, alongside Remembrance of Courage Past were positively received by fans and audiences and is considered to be the best episode of the show and the best finale of all time, alongside the first segment, it has a 9.2/10 on IMDB, making it the most highest rated episode of the entire show.

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